Auction Record for Brett Whiteley

brett whiteley self portrait

Earlier this week a Brett Whiteley painting sold for $3,927,272 at a Menzies Art Brands auction, breaking his previous record of $3.48 million for his Olgas painting. The big blue My Armchair work is an interior view of his Lavendar Bay home overlooking the Sydney Harbour. It’s the second most expensive painting sold in Australia; a Sidney Nolan painting from his Ned Kelly series sold for $5.4 million in 2010.Continue Reading

Kate Moss Auction

kate moss photograph auction

British model and super muse Kate Moss will be the only thing up for sale in an upcoming auction at Christie’s in London. Kate Moss photos and works of art inspired by her from the collection of Gert Elfering will be sold at the September 25 auction. Moss has been painted by the likes of Lucian Freud and Banksy, sculpted by Marc Quinn and Allen Jones, and photographed by almost everyone. Continue Reading

Seriously, Who Buys This Stuff?

crap art

Coming from a person that thinks art is everything, everywhere.. who buys this crap? I probably have the most varied taste in art that I know of, but I still shake my head when I see some of the contemporary art auctions at Chris-theby’s. I can appreciate a Damien Hirst spot painting, a Jeff Koons balloon sculpture, and a Tracey Emin neon sign, but even I have my limits. I love ugly art, childish art, offensive art, and stupid art. I wouldn’t hang any of these on my wall though.  Continue Reading

Auction of Weird at Christie’s London

christie's out of the ordinary auction

Christie’s South Kensington in London will hold an auction of weird and wonderful things on the 5th of September. Out of the Ordinary is a one off auction with lots that include everything from Napoleon death masks and a piece of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake, through to pinball machines and cave bear skeletons. Continue Reading

Billy the Kid Note to be Auctioned

billy the kid photo

A note written by the outlaw Billy the Kid will be up for auction at Guernsey’s in the coming week. Signed WH Bonney, it says time is short. Estimates put the letter at between $10,000 and $15,000 but with people like William Koch of the Koch brothers willing to pay $2.3 million for the only remaining photograph of Billy the Kid, you just never know.Continue Reading

El Greco Painting Record

el greco auction record

A bidding war between a Russian collector and an Indian collector saw the 3 to 5 million pound estimate of El Greco’s “Saint Dominic in Prayer” almost double to reach an auction record for the artist of £9,154,500 or about $14,000,000 USD.

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Amazon to Sell Art Online

Amazon to Sell Art

Amazon.com is planning to start selling art online again according to the Wall Street Journal. They plan to sell more than just posters and prints though, they plan to sell art with lots of zeroes on the price tags. Their cut for their part in the transaction will be between 5 and 20 percent.Continue Reading

Aboriginal Art Auction

The best art to come out of Australia is Aboriginal art, both old and contemporary Aboriginal art. Everything else in Australian art is either derivative and/or regional and will never leave the shores of Australia.

The best Aboriginal art deserves so much more credit than it currently receives. Auction prices for Aboriginal art have been increasing and international collectors are buying more but I think it should be getting a lot more loving than it does.Continue Reading

Cloaca Shit to be Auctioned at Sotheby’s

An item of interest in Sotheby’s upcoming London auction on the 6th of February is a piece of shit, literally. It’s called CLOACA FAECES (NEW YORK, 26.01.2002, 2.30 P.M.) by the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. It was created by his shit making machine that I mentioned a while ago.Continue Reading

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Preview

Sotheby’s has a video preview of their upcoming Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction in New York on the 11th of November online here. There’s a few important works in it that must have billionaire art collectors licking their lips. Click on “Browse the Catalogue” on the video preview page above to see all the works up for auction.

My favorite painting in the auction is easily Philip Guston’s “Beggar’s Joys” work from 1954/55. There’s no estimate for the work on the Sotheby’s website, but I’m guessing that it’s out of my price range by quite a few million.Continue Reading